Recently I wanted to google something, but all the German search results were of no use. So I wanted to try in English – but how? Usually I simply enter my search term in English and thus get English results, too. But this time I was looking for a quite “international” term such as “instant messenger”. Since I could not translate the term, because it was already in English, I thought: “Okay, I’ll just go to google.com then instead of google.de and type it in there.” – Well, far from it! From google.com, you will automatically be redirected to the Google domain of the country you’re just sitting in with your computer. In my case, that meant: right back to google.de – oh great!
Changing the advanced search options (setting the preferred language to English, etc.) didn’t bring the desired success either. After some googling (!) I found the tip to have a try at the address http://www.google.com/ncr. For as soon as you append the little “/ncr” to the URL, you thereby tell Google that you don’t want to be redirected to the Google page of your own country. More than that, Google will even remember this decision for the future, so from now on you can always visit google.com without being redirected.
Yeah, well, and the greatest thing about the whole story is: After I had finally discovered all this, I noticed that, on the Google homepage, there had been a link right under my nose all the time, which leads exactly to the same destination …